PROSPEROUS ARMENIA PARTY MAY NOMINATE FORMER FM FOR NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS - EXPERT
- YEREVAN. - Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) presidential candidate for the next year elections will be former FM Vartan Oskanian instead of its head Gagik Tsarukyan, unless PAP forms a coalition with the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), expert Karen Kocharyan said at a press conference on Thursday.
As a matter of fact all the parties which had participated in the parliamentary election campaign, with the exception of the ARF Dashnaksutyun and Orinats Yerkir (the latter said it is supportive of Serzh Sargsyan's candidacy for the next presidential elections), ran a presidential election campaign, the expert said.
"If PAP joins the coalition then it will support the candidacy of the incumbent president, and RPA head Sargsyan, if not, then it will nominate the former FM Oskanian," Kocharyan said adding it is Armenia's second President Robert Kocharyan who unites Tsarukyan and Oskanian.
To note, Armenia's Central Electoral Commission has issued the preliminary results of the May 6 parliamentary elections. Five political parties and one bloc will be represented in the 131-seat National Assembly (Parliament) of Armenia: Republican Party of Armenia - 44.05%, Prosperous Armenia Party - 30.20%, Armenian National Congress - 7.10%, Heritage Party - 5.79%, ARF Dashnaktsutyun Party - 5.73%, and Orinats Yerkir Party - 5.49%.
- 1804 Mamed Khan of Yerevan, knowing of the Russian force's progress, orders the migration (for the duration of the war) of about 20000 Armenians from the Khanate of Yerevan to Ghars.
- 1810 Birth of Gabriel Aivazovski in Feodosia (Ukraine). He died in 1880 in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1838 Birth of Viscount James Bryce (statesman). He served under Prime Minister William Gladstone. He was a founder of the League of Nations. He wrote on jurisprudence and political science. He vociferously condemned the Armenian Genocide by the Turkish government. He died in 1922.
- 1848 The Lazaryan College (Moscow) becomes the Institute of Western Languages.
- 1855 The Sultan orders, for the first time, the draft for the Christians in Turkey. The order was ineffective.
- 1920 Armenia's Revolutionary Military Committee in Alexandropol and proclaims the establishment of Soviet power in Armenia.
- 1923 Birth of Heydar Aliev, First Secretary of the Communist Party in Azerbaijan, Head of the Azeri Turk subdivision of the Soviet KGB, Member of the USSR Politbureau, and Head of Atheistic Propaganda under the Soviet regime. Committed Genocide against the Armenians of Nakhitshevan and Artsakh. Took over the presidency of Azerbaijan in 1993.
- 1941 The Ten-day Festival of Armenian Literature starts in Moscow (Russia).
- 1943 Garegeen the First (Hovsepyants) is anointed Catholicos of Cilicia in Antilias' Cathedral.